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Genesis 12:1 Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.”
What is my destination? How do I get there? To where is God calling me?
Maybe we are starting with the wrong questions. Read the verse from Genesis again. God focuses on what Abram must leave behind—country, kindred, his father’s house.
These things Abram leaves behind are more than just tangible items, geographical locations, and relationships. Ultimately, they form Abram’s identity, security, and place in community—they are the concrete things he knows about life, about himself, and about the world. God will now be the giver and provider of context and content for Abram’s life.
Every journey, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual, begins with leaving something behind. Maybe the reason we feel like we never get anywhere new in life is because we are unwilling to leave anything, much less everything, behind.
MOVING FORWARD: Plan a trip today—start with a worship service and then visit a neighbor or old friend. Invite God to meet you along the way, and prepare to see something amazing.
Today the Church remembers Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome, 604.